About the Food Advisory Board

The Food Advisory Board (FAB) is a group of diet, nutrition and health professionals, researchers and agricultural experts.

Their objective is to provide independent, objective and evidence-based information on a wide variety of food groups that comprise a healthy and balanced diet.

Balanced nutrition is evidence-based and involves a range of foods which provide the necessary nutrients for good health. There are national dietary guidelines on the NHS website, suitable for most people over the age of two, which underpin this campaign. Advice on balanced nutrition needs to be appropriate for its audience, and dietitians (the only nutrition professionals governed by law) can provide tailored advice to individuals. A dietitian must apply knowledge supported by evidence, research and trials, as opposed to advice based upon personal opinion, beliefs or for financial gain.

Food Advisory Board members ensure they practise in line with their associated professional codes of conduct, including: HCPC Standards of Conduct Performance and Ethics, BDA (British Dietetic Association) Code of Professional Conduct for BDA members, the Royal Society of Biology, the Royal Society of Medicine, the Learned Society of Wales and the Medical Defence Union.

Food Advisory Board members will receive a fee for providing their expertise, knowledge and skill. However, any financial payments will not influence their judgement and are declared transparently, in accordance with the Advertising Standards Authority guidance, and members must also remain objective and evidence-based. Views expressed are their own personal views.

The Food Advisory Board is an information service managed and supported by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board.

Food Advisory Board members

Photo of Food Advisory Board member Gill Jenkins

Gill Jenkins

With 25 years' experience, and particular interests in lifestyle, weight management and diabetes, Gill is a GP, part-time in the NHS and privately, as well as a medical writer and freelance broadcaster. Gill believes that maintaining a varied, balanced diet filled with vitamins and minerals, along with regular exercise, is key to living a healthy, active lifestyle.

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Robert Pickard

Robert Pickard is Emeritus Professor of Neurobiology at the University of Cardiff; Visiting Professor at the Royal Agricultural University; and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, the Royal Society of Medicine and the Learned Society of Wales. Formerly, he was Chair of the UK Consumers' Association, Which?, and Director-General of the British Nutrition Foundation.

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Nichola Ludlam-Raine

Nichola is a Specialist Registered Dietitian with over 10 years of clinical experience working for the NHS as well as privately. Nichola has a 1st class BSc honours in Sport & Exercise Science from Loughborough University, a Post Graduate Diploma in Dietetics from Leeds, an MSc in Health Science and she is a published author in the Journal of Human Nutrition & Dietetics. Nichola promotes all foods to be eaten in moderation as a part of a healthy balanced diet, and she believes that variety is the spice of life.

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Nigel Scollan

Nigel Scollan is Director of The Institute for Global Food Security and Professor of Animal Science at Queens University, Belfast. The Institute addresses key challenges around: (1) Farms of the Future: developing paradigm shifts in agricultural practices to enhance profitability and sustainability without compromising biodiversity and ecological function; (2) Global Food Integrity: use of state-of-the-art approaches (analytical, molecular, computational) to improve the safety of global food supply chains and prevent fraud and (3) Nutritional challenges of the twenty-first century: better understanding of how human diet impacts a range of health outcomes and development of intervention strategies to maximise wellbeing.

Professor Scollan conducted his PhD at the University of Edinburgh, followed by a postdoctoral appointment at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, before joining the Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research, Aberystwyth, in 1993 and subsequently the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS), Aberystwyth University, in 2008.